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4 Steps to Effective Planning in Karate

I am one of the luckiest ones who live out of karate. As an owner of the dojo I learned that planning in karate is one of the most important things in order to make training run efficiently, get the results you are looking for, attract other people and of course make it profitable.

First: Set your goals

If you know that an important event is coming up, plan step by step what you need to do in order to have success. Make sure your goals are reachable. It’s impossible to think that I can produce a world champion in one year. Take it step by step. Start at an appropriate level. If you start your students in competitions your goal should be to dominate on a regional level, then national level and so on. If you want to teach karate for a living, your goal is already set. You want to start your own dojo or teach karate some other way.

Second: Find out what are the requirements

You must think strategically. When you have a student who has a potential to make the team for the World, European or Pan-American Championships, you have to see the whole picture. What are the criterias to get on a team? When I know what I have to do in order to get somewhere, my job is much easier. Each country is different and they have a different qualifying system. For instance, in Slovakia, our qualifying system for the World Championships is based on multiple national and international tournaments and whoever has the best results from all of them would get to go. They use a different system in USA. The National Championships is what basically determines who will go to the World Championships.  Depending on your country’s team selection process, it is very important to be well prepared because in some places you may have a few chances, but like the USA, you may only have one.

Let’s look at this through the eyes of a potential dojo owner. Everybody who wants to start a dojo needs to consider their own skills. Research what you need to do to start. Many countries require education and based on that you will get a permit to run a karate school. Find a place where you want to be located. Think strategically! Look at the competition around you and try to do things better than them.

Third: Make a plan

According to what you already researched write down your “action” plan. Plan your preparation and keep track of everything important. What you see at the tournaments, what are your student’s weak points you need to work on, what you are good at and try to build on that. For new dojo owners, write your plan on how you want to expand and what kind of events you want to organize, what kind of things you want to do to make your school grow.

Fourth: Feedback

In my coaching career I’ve met hundreds of other coaches and we talked about different things. Many of them especially after the tournament complained that their students didn’t perform very well. When I ask them what do they think what went wrong, many times I get the same answer. I don’t know… Of course I am not successful with my students every single time but I always try to find a reason why. As for myself, I look at my plan and try to see what we worked on and what way we worked on it. If something we planned was a success, then I repeat it; if it was not, then I try to do things differently.
Same goes for when you are trying to expand and grow your school. If you have many students like you planned, then great for you. If not, you can easily look at your plan and start to plan things differently.

Good luck and don’t forget to plan everything in advance.

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